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and justice prevail. >> reporter: the white house announced president obama will go to south africa joining world leaders and south africans for the funeral of nelson mandela. >> there's a major memorial at the national cathedral for this foreign leader held in high esteem for many americans. i'm steve handelsman news 4. >>> we are getting word reverend >>> brand-new reaction coming in from one of the most well known figures in capetown on the day of mandela's release from prison. pat lawson muse has it. >> jesse jackson just wrapped up a press conference. back in 1990 he was speaking at a church service outside capetown shortly before mandela was released. tonight, jackson is praising mandela's non-violence stance in fighting racism. >> and he is delighted in some sense. he said to me trs ago that he was captured. he would have rather been captured 27 years than have on his hands people from a hospital and school. he could not reconcile with his son shens. that was the soul of the man. >> a delegation from his rain bow push coalition. we just learned that in new york city to
's been fighting illness for a year or longer. he became south africa's first black president. president obama spoke to the nation a short time ago. >> we have lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings we will share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us, he belongs to the ages. >> what made nelson mandela great was precisely what made him human. we saw in him what we seek. >> good evening from washington. in its own way is in a state of mourning tonight. nelson mandela was historic figure, inspiration and role model for africans, south africans, but americans as well in our own troubles racial history and struggle to overcome that mirrored to americans in the life and the struggle and the suffering and then the triumph and the leadership of nelson mandela whose passing at 95 was noted by his successor, south african president, jacob zuma. >> yet, what made nelson mandela great was precisely what made him human. we saw in him what we seek in ourselves. and in him, we saw so much of ourselves. >> reporter: one of those who says he was espec
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